Obama: No Exception for Illegal Aunt

He's concerned, but 'laws have to be obeyed,' he tells Couric
By Jess Kilby,  Newser User
Posted Nov 3, 2008 4:23 AM CST
A police officer sits in his cruiser last week outside the public housing complex in South Boston where Barack Obama's aunt Zeituni Onyango reportedly lives.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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(Newser) – If his aunt is violating immigration laws by living in the US illegally, "those laws have to be obeyed," Barack Obama declared yesterday. Obama made the remark during an interview last night with Katie Couric, during which he also expressed concern for his aunt Zeituni Onyango of Kenya, but said he hasn’t “been able to be in touch with her.”

The federal government is investigating whether any laws were broken in the leaking of information last week that Onyango has been living illegally in the US since 2004, when her application for political asylum from Kenya was rejected. One of the two sources who leaked and confirmed Onyago’s status is a federal law enforcement agent. It's still unclear whether the GOP played any role in release of the information.